2004 Volkswagen R32 Consumer Review: R32 Really Delivers

2004 Volkswagen R32 - Consumer Review

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Base 2dr Hatchback (3.2L V6 AWD 6-speed Manual)

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R32 Really Delivers
By dcurrie on


2004 Volkswagen R32 2dr Hatchback (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


Though the R32 is a potent machine, boy
racers need not apply. It has been
engineered to deliver a fine balance
between a high performance driving
experience and a supple daily driver
that you can live with. Engine and
mechanical sounds are fabulous, stops
like crazy, and for added safety it
offers great grip in the wet (phenomenal
even.) And in black, as mine is, it
doesn't attract a lot of attention. It
does sometimes go too fast, but we're
working on that togther.

Best Features

Engine and six speed transmission pairing is particularly effective. It has an abundance of torque that maxes at around 2850 rpm and just keeps delivering. Makes for a very flexible ride -- no need to flog it to make it go fast, unless of course you want to!

Worst Features

Could use a diet. It is great now, but with 500 lbs less, it would be greater. Bi-xenons would be nice, as they have in Europe. And a slightly larger rear sway bar wouldn't hurt.
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